Rising Together, Speaking Out: Artist Roundtable Series

"Rising Together, Speaking Out" is an roundtable discusssion series focusing on the artists, issues, and work of Rising Together. Over the course of three different online events, moderators and artists come together to investigate and explore the context of their work within the exhibition and larger community.

Session 02: Artists Books, Social Justice, and Community Response

Date:Thursday, April 8th :: 5-6 pm PST

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PLEASE NOTE: registration closes at 10 am the morning of the event. Zoom links will be sent to registered attendees before 12 pm on the day of the event.

Panelists: Lyall Harris :: Gloria Kondrup :: Levi Sherman :: Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Moderator: Bridget Elmer, President (College Book Art Association)

Session 02 of the "Rising Together, Speaking Out" roundtable series will explore the topic of social justice via the work in Rising Together. Panelists Lyall Harris, Gloria Kondrup, Levi Sherman, and Elsi Vassdal Ellis will share their work and experiences related to social justice and studio work.

About the panelists:

Lyall Harris: Book artists Lyall Harris and collaborator Patricia Silva have collaborated since 2014 making artists’ books, bookworks, sculpture and installation that cover a range of topics, including the challenges of motherhood, notions of leaving and loss, issues of identity, and the fraught reality of contemporary immigration, keenly felt in Italy. Their work has been widely exhibited in the United States and in Italy and is held in numerous Special Collection libraries at such institutions as UCLA, UCSC, Vanderbilt, Swarthmore, Carnegie Mellon, and Duke, among others. Paper Boats is a photo-documentary that explores our common humanity and the distressing loss of identity taking place in contemporary mass immigration to Europe.

As a professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Gloria Kondrup has been a design educator for over two decades, and as the Director of Archetype Press, ArtCenter’s vibrant letterpress studio, she redefined the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. Gloria currently serves as the founding, and Executive Director, of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT], that furthers the advancement and study of typography through its educational programs, student scholarships and awards, educator grants, and fellowships. Her fine art and limited-edition books are in collections including AIGA and The Getty. Gloria lectures nationally and internationally on design topics that include culture, politics, education, and ethics. She has a BA in fine art and an MFA in design, and currently serves on the board of Association Typographique Internationale [ATypI].

Levi Sherman is a designer and interdisciplinary artist, currently based in Columbia, MO. He received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago in 2015, where he was a Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists’ Books and taught undergraduate bookbinding and letterpress. Levi is the co-founder of Partial Press, where he applies his design and production skills to high-quality conventional publications and his interdisciplinary approach to projects that expand the definition of publishing.

Elsi Vassdal Ellis taught design production and book arts for 40 years, retiring June 2017. She established EVE Press in 1983 and has produced over 141 editions via offset, letterpress and digital printing, and 127 unique books employing a variety of techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.

About the moderator:

Bridget Elmer is an artist living in Saint Petersburg, Florida. She is a co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) and founding member of Print St. Pete Community Letterpress. She received an MFA in the Book Arts and an MLIS from the University of Alabama and has taught at Colorado College, Florida State University, Ox-Bow School of Art, Penland School of Crafts, and Ringling College of Art and Design, where she served for seven years as Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center and co-founded The Makerspace. Her work can be found internationally in collections including Yale University, Tate Britain, UCLA, and the Brooklyn Museum. Bridget currently works as the Development Director of NOMADstudio (Neighborhood Oriented Mobile Art + Design Studio) and serves as President of the College Book Art Association.



Session 01: Artists Books, Feminism, and Creating Change :: Thursday, March 25th :: 5-6 pm PST

Coming soon: link to this video on our Vimeo channel

Panelists: Martha Chiplis :: Maureen Cummins :: Lisa Beth Robinson :: Moderator: Sue Carrie Drummond, Vice Chair of Programs (CBAA)

Rising Together exhibiting artists Martha Chiplis, Maureen Cummins, and Lisa Beth Robinson discuss their work in the exhibition, as well as ideas of feminism in the field of artists books and incorporating feminist thought into their work.